Phony Percocet Pills Cause Overdose Deaths in Georgia

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The small yellow pills look like prescription drugs from a pharmacy, but Georgia authorities say they’re anything but, the Washington Post reports. In recent days, the drugs — which are purchased on the street — have led to dozens of overdoses and as many as four deaths in south and central Georgia. As the number of overdoses increases, authorities are scrambling to keep pace. The state is already battling a growing opioid crisis. Yesterday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported six more overdose cases potentially related to the drug. “We try to warn the public, but people are still buying these counterfeit pills off the street thinking they’re legitimate preparations, but they are not,” said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Nelly Miles. “It may be marked as something legitimate, but — chances are — it’s not.”

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